Tommy by William S. Chadwick is a twisted tale about how far a father would go to save his son.
~~~~Some Spoilers Ahead!~~~~
Seth Jameson has received a new lease on life when he received his new heart, and he plans to use it well. To ensure a longer life, he and his wife Sarah move to the remote town of Dalton, Arkansas to escape the hustle of New York. As they adjust to the country lifestyle, Seth begins experiencing some strange things in his new home. A stranger stares at him from the mirror, and a voice inside his head urges him to find “Tommy.” As Seth delves deeper into the mystery, he begins spiraling down a path of secrets, lies, and black-market dealings. After all, who knows where his heart really came from?
Like his other works, Chadwick brings together a mix of horror and faith that mimics the writings of Frank Peretti. This story was full of suspense and terrifying visuals as Seth navigates the dark world that he suddenly finds himself in. The characters were dynamic and compatible, and you watch Seth grow with each new trial. The dialogue was a bit repetitive at times, but still did a decent job of moving the story along. The settings were well described, and the plot had plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested.
The only real complaint I have is the bouncing between third and first person point of views. The rapid changes forced me to pause and collect myself before continuing with the story, and that can put some readers off.
Other than that, I thought this story was very well done. Having read Mr. Chadwick’s other books, I could tell where this one tied into the others, and I like that feeling of a complete universe.
I give Tommy a solid 4 of 5. It’s a great book to add to any horror fan’s collection!
About the Author:
William Schylor Chadwick is an Arkansas native who has written short stories and poems since he was a small child. Nurtured by his Grandmother and Mother, Chadwick pursued his passion until he debuted with The Rabbitry in 2014. Since then, he has written Tommy, Driftwood, and Rain, his most recent title. For more information about this author or his works, you can visit his Website, his Amazon Page, or visit him on Facebook. If you’d like a copy of Driftwood for yourself, check out the link below!